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Ordinary Prayer
March 22, 2017

It is true.  We often make following Jesus far more complicated than it needs to be.  Particularly when it comes to ordinary prayer must learn to relax and engage our heavenly Father in simple conversation. 

For Daniel, it was not a big deal.  He regularly and habitually went to his room three times a day to talk to God (Daniel 6) and he had a dramatic impact on the people around him, permeating his work place with an unmistakable presence.  He knew who he was and what he needed to do in honouring God and not defile himself (Daniel 1:8).  When confronted with the Lion’s den, he was collected and prepared.  He was connected to God and He knew what he need to do. 

Ordinary prayer is living in constant awareness of God and our surroundings, engaging God in conversations like we engage a friend.  Ordinary prayer acknowledges our need for God in our everyday tasks and experiences, seeking him with all our heart and not leaning on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5, 6).  Ordinary, habitual prayer will change our attitudes and actions.  We will grow in our dependence and sense of security, even though it will be tested. 

Commit yourself to breathe prayers like to breathe the air.  Simply learn to respond to situations in prayer.  Develop the awareness of God and His interest in all that you say and do, committing it all to the honour and glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).  How do you imagine your life would change?  How do you think you would influence the people around you?

pj

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